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BT to deliver fibre broadband to 1m West Country properties in 2012

Tuesday, December 13th 2011 by Paul France
More West Country properties included in BT fibre broadband rollout

More than one million premises in the south-west will have access to fibre broadband from BT in 12 months' time.

BT has announced more than one million West Country homes and businesses will be able to access its fibre optic broadband service by the end of 2012.

Some 18 additional exchanges have been named in the telecoms giant's super-fast broadband rollout programme, with Cirencester, Dorchester, Poole and Yeovil among the latest locations to be included in the project.

Almost 250,000 properties throughout the south-west will be upgraded as part of this initiative, which will see current download speeds rise as high as up to 300Mbps in some areas.

According to BT, fibre optic broadband allows customers to perform several bandwidth-heavy tasks - such as downloading a movie, streaming a TV programme and playing games online - simultaneously without their connection struggling.

Jon Reynolds, regional director for the south-west at BT, said: "Super-fast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout the area because it will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors."

The West Country rollout was announced as part of a wider statement from BT's Openreach arm, which revealed a further 178 exchanges across the UK have been added to its fibre broadband deployment programme.

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